One of many sport’s hottest prospects will journey overseas for his subsequent step up in competitors.
BoxingScene.com has confirmed that unbeaten tremendous middleweight Diego Pacheco and Jack Cullen are set for a bout that can land on a March 11 DAZN present from M&S Financial institution Enviornment in Liverpool, England. The crossroads conflict will are available supporting capability to native hero Callum Smith (29-1, 21KOs), a former WBA tremendous middleweight champ and present WBC gentle heavyweight necessary challenger who will headline versus a yet-to-be-named opponent.
No Smoke Boxing’s Darshan Desai was the primary to interrupt the information of the tremendous middleweight matchup.
Pacheco (17-0, 14KOs) will enter the struggle on the heels of a unbelievable 2022 marketing campaign that noticed the 21-year-old South Central Los Angeles native rating 4 knockouts in as many fights on the yr. The bout additionally continues a sample of Pacheco preventing each three months courting again to his second-round knockout of Genc ‘The Attractive Albanian’ Pllana final March 5 in San Diego, California.
In his most up-to-date begin, Pacheco—a stablemate of unbeaten interim WBC tremendous middleweight titlist and former two-time full titleholder David Benavidez—scored a second-round knockout of Adrian Luna final December 3 in Glendale, Arizona. All seventeen professional fights thus far have taken place in North America however the red-hot prospect will now head to the UK as he goals to turn into a 168-pound contender.
Cullen (21-3-1, 9KOs) has emerged as a crowd favourite in his time spent as an undercard attraction on the home stage.
The tremendous middleweight gatekeeper from Little Lever, England—often called ‘Little Lever’s Meat Cleaver’—confirmed mettle in an eventual eighth-round stoppage loss to unbeaten prospect Felix Money of their November 2019 thriller. Cullen is 4-1-1 since that night time, the lone defeat coming in a sixth-round stoppage to unbeaten Kevin Lele Sadjo on a December DAZN 2021 present in Manchester, England.
In his most spectacular win thus far, Cullen earned a ten-round, unanimous resolution over former title challenger Avni Yildirim in July 2021. The 29-year-old Brit was final seen in an eight-round victory over Vladimir Belujsky final April 16 in Manchester. Cullen will endure an eleven-month inactive stretch come struggle night time, partially attributed to a deliberate home title struggle with Mark Heffron on the September 24 Joe Joyce-Joseph Parker undercard that finally fell by.
Matchroom Boxing chairman Eddie Hearn previously told BoxingScene.com of the corporate’s intention to match Smith “with a world-ranked high fifteen fighter in Liverpool in March.”
Probably the most formidable plans known as for a terrific home showdown with Joshua Buatsi (16-0, 13KOs), a 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist for Nice Britain and present unbeaten gentle heavyweight contender. Nonetheless, such a bout stays unlikely and not using a main belt at stake, with each on the doorstep of sunshine heavyweight title competition.
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox